Air New Zealand invests in B777-200ER upgrade programme

2012-09-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Air New Zealand is investing more than $100 million in upgrading its Boeing 777-200ER fleet to ensure it continues to deliver the most innovative product and technologies to customers flying on its international network. Air New Zealand Deputy CEO Norm Thompson says the upgrade of the eight aircraft is scheduled to begin in the second quarter… Read the full press release

Two Arkansas Events named as 2013 Top 100 Events in North America

Johnny Cash Tribute

2012-09-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Two Arkansas events, the Johnny Cash Music Festival in Jonesboro and Little Rock’s Riverfest, have been selected by the American Bus Association as two of the ABA’s 2013 Top Events in North America. Riverfest has an impressive record with this honor, having also been selected in 1984, 1987, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2010,… Read the full press release

Etihad Airways and RAK Airways sign codeshare deal

Etihad Airways and RAK Airways sign codeshare deal

2012-09-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: 5 September, 2012 – Etihad Airways and RAK Airways have signed an agreement to codeshare on five flight sectors including, for the first time, domestic flights in the UAE. The agreement, the first ever between two UAE carriers, will see Etihad Airways place its ‘EY’ code on the… Read the full press release

Kenya Airways receives second fully owned Embraer

Kenya Airways receives second fully owned Embraer

Aircraft emblazoned with SkyTeam Livery Second of eight fully owned Embraer’s that KQ is acquiring this Financial year Nairobi, S2012-09-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — National carrier Kenya Airways has deepened its relationship with the SkyTeam Alliance with the arrival of its second fully owned Embraer E-190 in Skyteam livery. The aircraft registered as 5Y- FFB, becomes… Read the full press release

Arik Air reaches 10 millionth passenger milestone

2012-09-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Arik Air, Nigeria and West Africa’s leading commercial airline, has finished a busy summer season by flying its 10 millionth passenger – a landmark achievement in its short history. The carriage of ten million passengers is an important milestone for an airline that has grown rapidly since it began operating in 2006…. Read the full press release

24 HOSPITALITY STUDENTS AND INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS AWARDED SCHOLARSHIPS

Industry Suppliers Provide Critical Funding to AH&LEF Washington, 2012-09-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF), the not-for-profit affiliate of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), administers three scholarships on behalf of American Express, Ecolab, and PepsiCo.  These scholarship programs, totaling $44,000, contribute to AH&LEF’s total of $514,500 in academic scholarships… Read the full press release

Jet Airways offers guests a host of attractive travel options to China, Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand

Introducing convenient connections and fares beyond our international gateway points: Bangkok, Hong Kong and Singapore, with partner airlines. MUMBAI, 2012-09-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Jet Airways, India’s premier international airline, has a truly unmatched bouquet of unique travel options from India to multiple destinations in the ASEAN region, Australia and New Zealand. Jet Airways has launched these… Read the full press release

Austrian Airlines Traffic Results for August 2012: Targeted capacity adjusted, further improvement of passenger load factor

• January-August 2012: 2.9 percent more passengers carried • August 2012: Capacity reduced by 9.3 percent, but passenger load factor up by 5.8 percentage points 2012-09-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Austrian Airlines Group increased the number of passengers carried in the period January to August 2012 by 2.9 percent from the prior-year level to a total… Read the full press release

Air New Zealand to Increase Antarctic Research Support

Air New Zealand announced today that it is contributing more than $1 million toward scientific research in Antarctica. 2012-09-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — The airline has entered into a formal three-year partnership with Antarctica New Zealand and the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute (NZARI). Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Rob Fyfe says the airline is contributing more than $1 million… Read the full press release

Horseshoe Canyon Ranch is a Perfect Playground for Rock Climbing, Zip Lining and Swinging

Horseshoe Canyon Ranch in the fall

Jasper, Ark., 2012-09-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Horseshoe Canyon Ranch Adventure Package adds wild excitement to the dude ranch experience for kids and adults of all skill levels interested in rock climbing, zip lines and canyon-sized swings. I had the pleasure of giving it a whirl in late August and felt like a kid on the… Read the full press release

STAPLEFORD PARK’S 6 MONTH MEMBERSHIP OFFER

2012-09-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Stapleford Park, a Luxury Country House Hotel in Leicestershire, East Midlands, would like to celebrate this year’s summer of Sporting success by offering a unique six month only membership from 1st October 2012 until 31st March 2013. This one time only membership offer has all the benefits and privileges of a full… Read the full press release

Nevada’s cultural, historical sites bring classroom studies to life

CARSON CITY, Nev., 2012-09-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — The schoolroom may teach history, science and business, but real, life-long learning comes through experience. There’s no place like Nevada to discover a wealth of richly diverse educational experiences that enrich and expand young people’s minds. “Nevada is a great place to learn about geology, paleontology and the history of… Read the full press release

Northwest Nebraska open for business despite wildfires

Parks and attractions reopen after recent fires LINCOLN, NEB. 2012-09-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Recent wildfires have created the misperception that travel is limited and businesses are closed in northwest Nebraska. Although many businesses were affected by the fires, nearly all have reopened and are looking forward to active fall tourism and hunting seasons. The Northwest Nebraska… Read the full press release

ACTING SECRETARY BLANK APPOINTS FOUR MEMBERS TO THE CORPORATION FOR TRAVEL PROMOTION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

WASHINGTON, 2012-09-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — U.S. Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank today appointed four travel and tourism industry leaders to serve on the Corporation for Travel Promotion (CTP) Board of Directors, including one new member and three reappointments. Established by the Travel Promotion Act (TPA), which was signed into law by President Obama in 2010, the CTP is… Read the full press release

Stand-up Paddleboarding Comes to Arkansas

Stand-up Paddleboarding at Two Rivers Bridge

2012-09-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Encountering a person on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) is still somewhat of a novel sight in the state. As a result, the scene sparks a lot of curiosity. “People will ask, ‘Where did you get that?’ ‘Where can you buy those around here?’ ‘What are you doing?’ All the questions come,” said… Read the full press release

ANDAZ NAPA OPENS AS FIRST ANDAZ HOTEL IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Located in the heart of wine country, Andaz Napa brings unrivaled personalized guest service and heritage-style cuisine with Andaz Farmers Table restaurant NAPA, Calif. 2012-09-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — The first Andaz hotel in Northern California, Andaz Napa, makes its debut today  in the heart of California wine country. Formerly Avia Napa, the newly rebranded Andaz Napa is… Read the full press release

MICHAEL A. LEVEN TO RECEIVE ALIS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Washington, 2012-09-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Michael A. Leven, president/CEO, Las Vegas Sands Corporation, will be honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS), January 22-24, 2013, in Los Angeles.Leven is a veteran hospitality executive with more than 50 years in the business who holds a distinguished and well-recognized record of… Read the full press release

Africas First Ethiopian 787 Dreamliner Touches down in Dakar

2012-09-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ethiopian Airlines is pleased to announce that it’s first Dreamliner, “Africa First”, touched down in Dakar, Senegal on September 14, 2012. Ethiopian 1st Dreamliner flight to Dakar is part of its tour of stations in the Ethiopian network. Dakar is a main commercial centre as well as a major tourist destination of the… Read the full press release

More space and comfort on Estonian Air flights

2012-09-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Estonian Air in partnership with Optiontown, has introduced for its passengers a chance to secure empty seats next to their seat at a nominal price, elevating their travel comfort and experience. This way passengers can enjoy bigger space during their flight. To order the empty seat next to their seat next passengers… Read the full press release

AH&LA PARTNERS WITH GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY LAW CENTER FOR INAUGURAL HOTEL & LODGING LEGAL SUMMIT

Washington, D.C., 2012-09-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) and Georgetown University Law Center are hosting the inaugural Hotel & Lodging Legal Summit on November 8-9, 2012, on the campus of Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.  The conference will feature panels of leading industry attorneys, who will explore current legal… Read the full press release

Iberia patrocina la exposición de la obra “San Juan Evangelista” de El Greco en el Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Argentina

san juan evangelista

La obra del genial pintor se exhibirá en el MNBA del 18 de septiembre al 2 de diciembre como parte del programa “Obra invitada”. Madrid, 2012-09-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Desde hoy y hasta el próximo 2 de diciembre se puede contemplar en el Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Argentina (MNBA) la obra de El Greco “San Juan Evangelista”, exposición… Read the full press release

Africas First Ethiopian 787 Dreamliner Touches down in Bamako

2012-09-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ethiopian Airlines is pleased to announce that it’s first Dreamliner, “Africa First”, touched down in Bamako, Mali on September 14, 2012. Ethiopian 1st Dreamliner flight to Bamako is part of its tour of stations in the Ethiopian network. Bamako is a main commercial centre of the country and part of Ethiopian’s extensive network… Read the full press release

Media Advisory For Thursday, September 20, 2012: Hackers welcome: SFO hosts THack, first time web developer event held at an airport

SAN FRANCISCO, 2012-09-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — On September 20, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) will be the first airport in the world to host THack, an event created by Tnooz to encourage collaboration in the travel technology development community. Participants are invited to create a new product using the application program interfaces (API’s) made available from sponsors… Read the full press release

Estonian Air to start flights to London City Airport from March

2012-09-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — From 1 March 2013, Estonian Air will be opening the gateway to Tallinn from London City Airport with three return flights a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Starting from 2 May 2013, Estonian Air will add Thursday flights serving route with four return flights a week. From 1 June 2013, the… Read the full press release

Call for Chefs – 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Chili Cook-Off

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Chili Cook-Off SANTA CRUZ, CA, 2012-09-19 — /travelprnews.com/ —  Registration is open for the third annual Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Chili Cook-Off. The entry fee for amateur cooking teams is $50,  $75 for cooking professionals. Each team entered by September 28, 2012 will receive two All-Day Unlimited Ride passes for the Santa… Read the full press release

Iberia atenderá a los 2.700 vuelos que Turkish Airlines opera con España

Iberia prestará servicios de handling a la compañía turca en Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Málaga y Valencia. Ambas empresas han firmado un contrato de 5 años de duración. Madrid, 2012-09-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Iberia Airport Services (IBAS), división de Iberia para la prestación de servicios aeroportuarios, acaba de renovar y ampliar su contrato de handling con la aerolínea Turkish Airlines…. Read the full press release

ARTHUR J. PACKARD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED TO THREE STUDENTS

Best of the best in hospitality receives Foundation’s most prestigious scholarship Washington, 2012-09-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF), the not-for-profit affiliate of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, awarded three scholarships via its Arthur J. Packard Memorial Scholarship Program, the Foundation’s most prominent and oldest scholarship award. Winning first-place and… Read the full press release

British business travellers vote Schiphol ‘Best European Airport’

British business travellers vote Schiphol 'Best European Airport'

2012-09-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — British business travellers have voted Amsterdam Airport Schiphol as the winner of the Business Traveller Award in the category of ‘Best Airport in Europe 2012’. “We are honoured that British business travellers have voted Schiphol best European airport for the 23rd time”, says Maarten de Groof, Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial… Read the full press release

SFO to Temporarily Close Runway 28L for Weekend Construction Work

Weekend Closures are Part of Federally Mandated Runway Safety Areas. SAN FRANCISCO, 2012-09-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — San Francisco International Airport will temporarily close Runway 28L, one of its two primary arrival runways, on three consecutive weekends beginning Friday, September 14, 2012, at 10:00 p.m. PDT, with the runway reopening on Monday, September 17, 2012, at 8:00 a.m…. Read the full press release

Africas First Ethiopian 787 Dreamliner Touches down in Riyadh

2012-09-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ethiopian Airlines is pleased to announce that it’s first Dreamliner, “Africa First”, touched down in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on September 13, 2012. Ethiopian 1st Dreamliner flight to Riyadh is part of its tour of stations in the Ethiopian network. Riyadh is a main political centre of the country and part of Ethiopian’s extensive… Read the full press release